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The Board2018-09-06T15:14:53+00:00

The Board

Stephen Mason

LLB BComm DipCM FCPA FCSA JP

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Mason was formerly CEO of Creative Brands Pty Ltd and Finance Director of ASX listed  Lemarne Corporation Ltd for over 10 years and Company Secretary of Lemarne Corporation for 20 years.He is a Director of Heritage Brands Limited and is Chairman of its Audit Committee and is also a Director/Secretary of two other private companies.Stephen has a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University as well as a Diploma in Corporate Management. He is a Fellow of both the CPA and CSA, where he lectures occasionally, as well as a Justice of the Peace.Stephen has had previous experience managing start up organisations and is a life member of three clubs and/or associations. He has had strong community involvement in various clubs and not-for-profit organisations, including, Lord Somers Camp, Powerhouse, the VAFA and Save our Suburbs.

Michael Riley

BA (Public Relations)

Executive Director Strategy

Michael Riley has over 30 years’ experience in corporate affairs, government relations and advocacy, media relations, issues management, stakeholder engagement and grass roots community campaigns. His background includes experience in the public and private health sectors, the global pharmaceutical industry, large ASX listed companies, a government owned authority, industry associations and as a consultant to companies operating in highly regulated industries around the world. He commenced his career as a journalist with News Limited and has a Bachelor of Arts degree.

In 2010, he founded the Australian Patients Association and has worked in the NFP sector advocating for victims of elder abuse.

Ian Nathaniel

BSc, LLB, GDLP

Ian Nathaniel is a Dispute Resolution partner with Piper Alderman. He has over 25 years of experience in litigation nationally. Ian’s practice includes a broad range of dispute resolution expertise including corporate, commercial, trade practices and insurance litigation having worked across many industries, for example manufacturing, automotive, transport and logistics, health and life sciences, pharmaceutical and agribusiness.

He has worked with a range of clients in large litigation to mid-sized cases involving individuals and companies in Australia and overseas. His experience includes representing clients in all jurisdictions within Australia and has had the conduct of commercial and insurance litigation proceedings in the US, UK and Europe and given advice in international arbitration matters in the US and Canada. Ian is the lead partner in the firms Australia – India and SE Asia practice.

Ian has also been involved and is an expert in managing Royal Commissions and quasi-judicial proceedings for clients in various tribunals on a national basis.

Jeanine Purdie

Jeanine Purdie, formerly a Registered Nurse in Queensland, has also worked in media, marketing, advertising and property sales in both Brisbane and Melbourne.Jeanine is knowledgable on issues affecting the healthcare system and has a keen interest in social justice and assisting the disadvantaged in the community.Jeanine juggles a busy household, is involved in her children’s schooling and sporting interests and when time permits will complete her Masters in Business.Jeanine is passionate about the longevity of Australian Patients Association in striving to assist all Australian patients.

John Shinkfield

Dip F.S. (Brok), ANZIIF (Sen. Assoc), QPIB, CIP

John Shinkfield is an influential and experienced International Insurance Broker with over 46 years of uninterrupted practice in the Insurance Broking industry. He has also worked in the London insurance market as well as traveled extensively to expand his expertise. His focus during this extended period beside holding a number of Executive Management and Directorial positions has been the procurement, placement and maintenance of large corporate insurance programmes, with the Mining Industry being a specialist interest of recent years. Captive Insurance Company management coupled with Risk Management practices and Risk Identification are areas that have also occupied his interest over an extended period. The art of negotiation being a fundamental requirement in fulfilling a successful Insurance Broker role

Gary Copolov

Gary Copolov is the founder and Managing Director of Gold Medal Marketing Pty Ltd.

Gold Medal Marketing was established in 1991 to assist businesses to develop and implement winning Business Development Plans.Gary has developed a number of unique consultancy and business development programs to service clients. Gold Medal Marketing provides consultancy and group workshop programs to manufacturers, retailers, importers and exporters.His experience involves Marketing and Management consultancy to a wide breadth of industries.

Apart from business consultancy Gary now operates a number of Airbnb properties in inner Melbourne. Of particular enjoyment is the interaction with guests and showcasing Melbourne.

Gary is a Graduate of Monash University, where he completed studies in Law, Economics, Politics and Sociology.

Genna Angelowitsch

LLB (Hons) BA (Dist) ASLIV

Genna Angelowitsch is a Senior Associate at Adviceline Injury Lawyers and is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws with Honors, and a Bachelor of Arts.

Genna has worked in personal injury law for over ten years, representing people who have been injured as a result of medical negligence, workplace accidents and transport accidents.

She primarily practices in Melbourne’s western suburbs, enabling injured people to access representation without the need to travel into the city.”

Henry Cheng

MBA PhD

Henry Cheng is an influential international business leader and corporate advisor.  He has more than twenty five years commercial experience strongly focused on business development and project management across the finance, economics, investments and resources sectors.

Henry has developed strong global networks having travelled extensively and worked in many countries, with well established relationships at senior executive level through publicly listed and private companies and government entities in the Asia-Pacific region.  He collaborates with a well-developed resources investment channel into Australia with a strong resources marketing focus on the China market, which complements his resources expertise.

Henry manages an innovative approach to business development focused on delivering elevated levels of profitability for all stakeholders of his serviced groups.  He was previously the Managing Director of Manulife Insurance Group.  Henry is currently the Managing Director of Arizona Global Transaction Management Services Inc., a leading global corporate advisory firm of significant standing.